A backpack and a daypack have to be enough to carry all my things.

I am packing my backpack…

What do you take with you on a trip around the world for a year when tropical regions are on the travel list as well as cold high-altitude regions? Not so easy when limited to a backpack. The packing list for my world trip.

Just a few hours before departure one or the other thing had to get out of the backpack. A dress, a sports bra, two shirts and the bulky travel pillow stayed at home. For reasons of space, but also because simply less has to be enough. And I might want to take along one or the other souvenir. Strictly speaking, the world travel packing list hardly decides from a summer vacation pack list. Here we go:

Bags

As a luggage carry a 50-liter backpack and a daypack. I also take:
a waterproof bag
a cover for the backpack (lockable and protects against sharp edges on luggage belts)
Security bag for money and passport
Cloth gym bag, to be able to go without the daypack which identifie people as tourists right away.

Clothing

Clothes for one year and for all seasons.
Clothes for one year and for all seasons.

My world travel packing list looks similar to that for a two- or three-week summer vacation list + a warm jacket for the cooler areas. I’ll go with a layered look.

  • 3 x top
  • 5 x T-shirt
  • 2 x blouse
  • 1 x cardigan
  • 1 x longer cardigan
  • 3 x thin pants
  • 1 x jeans
  • 1 x shorts
  • 1 x dress
  • 1 x wrap skirt (great for temple visits)
  • 1 x thin but warm jacket
  • 1 x rain jacket
  • 2 x longsleeve
  • 1 x sleepshirt
  • 1 x thin scarf
  • 1 x thin gloves
  • 1 x thin beanie
  • 1 x leggings
  • 1 x bikini
  • 8 x panties
  • 3 x bras (including a sports bra)
  • 1 pair of woolen socks
  • 3 pairs of short socks
  • 1 pair of knee socks
  • 1 pair of thrombosis socks (for long flights and train rides)
  • 2 pairs of hiking socks

Shoes

Walking boots, sneakers and flipflops will carry me around the world.
Walking boots, sneakers and flipflops will carry me around the world.
  • walking boots
  • sneakers
  • sandals (the most comfortable option, in which I can walk for a whole day)
  • flip-flops (especially for hostel showers … 😉)

Gimmicks

A couple of gimmicks are allowed to travel along.
A couple of gimmicks are allowed to travel along.
  • mosquito net
  • 2 x travel towel
  • Silk sleeping bag
  • Refillable bottle
  • sunglasses
  • Travel Pillow (it’s still displayed in the photo. I decided to leave it at home because it’s so bulky.)
  • pen
  • SheWee (that’s the travel gimmick par excellence) that lets women pee standing like a man. If you have ever been to toilets where the loo is a hole in the floor and where the water is ankle-high, you appreciate this equality tool 😉.)
  • disinfectant wipes
  • thermal blanket
  • Universal drain plugs (in many countries the sink drain in hotels can‘t be closed, a plug is helpful if I want to wash something.)
  • Clothesline rope
  • Sewing kit
  • pocket knife
  • ear plugs
  • Lock for lockers and the backpack
  • Lifestraw (for filtered drinking water, brand new on my packing list – directly used it in on the first day in Toronto)

Miscellaneous

  • camera
  • E-Reader
  • Chargers
  • ukulele
  • Medicines (for headache, diarrhea, travel sickness and sore throat, patches, fever thermometer)
    Cosmetics articles (some make-up, shampoo bar, soap, deodorant, sunscreen, mosquito spray, core soap to wash clothes – mostly solid products, so nothing can leak)

 

15 kilos is the balance displayed at the airport. Not so much for a year, I think. After the first few days, I already know that I want to get rid of some things at the end of my tour of Canada. And: A fleece jacket is on the shopping list. I didn’t find one before leaving, but I already needed it.

Packing bags like these protect clothes, fit perfectly into the backpack, ...
Packing bags like these protect clothes, fit perfectly into the backpack, …
...can be closed with a zipper,...
…can be closed with a zipper,…
...and be reduced to almost half its size due to a second zipper.
…and be reduced to almost half its size due to a second zipper.

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